Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes can be a scary topic for most people, and chances are you know someone who has some form of diabetes. Diabetes is very manageable – either by altering your diet, taking medication or injecting insulin. This needn’t be scary, and is so important for your health.

Diabetes is when you have too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Most of the food we eat is converted into glucose and travels through our bloodstream to the parts of our body that need energy. To help the glucose get out of the bloodstream and into the cells of the body that need energy, we produce insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and it keeps the blood glucose level in the normal range. When you have diabetes, the body is not making enough insulin to use-up the glucose, which means the cells don’t get the energy they need. Often the signs of diabetes and the consequences of poor diabetic control are not visible and this is the scary part. Poor diabetic control can lead to kidney, heart, circulation and sight problems to name a few.

There are two types of diabetes – type I and type II.

Type I Diabetes

The pancreas stops making insulin. Generally, if you get diabetes at a very young age, usually it is Type I diabetes and you require daily injections of insulin.

Type II Diabetes

The pancreas gradually reduces the amount of insulin it is making. This can be hereditary, related to your lifestyle or poor diet. This type of diabetes is often managed by altering your diet to start with, along with medications that stimulate your body to produce more insulin and/or increase the body’s response to insulin.

Taking Control

Blood glucose testing is an important part of diabetic control, however, this can become a chore. Speak with your Remadee team today about why it is so important to keep on top of your blood glucose levels. Your Remadee team is here to help with blood glucose meters, free batteries and explaining your medication (diabetic or otherwise).